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University College Plymouth
St Mark & St John
UCP MARJON ONLINE
University College Plymouth St Mark & St John (UCP Marjon) has
over 170 years of heritage, tradition, academic excellence
and experience working in partnership with higher education
institutions to offer a broad range of collaborative higher
Academically, the UCP Marjon strives for excellence. The
National Student Survey results have placed UCP Marjon in the
top 15% of all institutions. In the Sunday Times University Guide,
it was ranked 4th for Teaching Excellence (ahead of Oxford
University) and 3rd overall amongst university colleges.
UCP Marjon offers a great range of courses from Foundation
Degrees & Progression Courses to Honours Degrees and
Amongst the oldest and most experienced teacher training
providers in the South West, UCP Marjon has been successfully
training teachers since 1840, receiving praise in the Ofsted
inspections. UCP Marjon has excellent links with local schools
and is both well known and well respected.
Staff are passionate about their subjects and work hard to
help students fulfill their potential and succeed in their studies.
They provide plenty of contact time in a supportive and
UCP Marjon wants to ensure that you are well prepared
for employment when you graduate, so it provides all the
transferable skills you need, along with practical experience in
relevant employment fields. UCP Marjon supplies an excellent
careers service and the most recent government statistics
show that over 90% of graduates are either in employment or
continuing in higher education six months after graduation.
Located in the South west of England, Plymouth is
perfectly situated to make the most of the countryside,
moorland and coast.
Staff are passionate about their
subjects and work hard to help
students fulfill their potential
and succeed in their studies.
4 5Why study online
Studying online gives you the opportunity to adapt YOUR time to the course and not the
other way around. Progress is made at YOUR pace and you may enjoy the flexibility study-
ing online provides, in regards to where and when to study. It is completely interactive,
giving you the opportunity to communicate with fellow students and your personal tutor
via emails, discussion boards and chat rooms.
Technology mediated learning seems all set to enhance the accessibility of modules
and in fact, pursuing a degree has become much easier now with the introduction of
online modules through a state of the art learning environment.
Online study is far more convenient and flexible than traditional face-to-face classes. With
UCP Marjon, your degree comes to you. Wherever you are, you can study for your MBA.
Although it is a self-study module, you will always have the support of our teaching
faculty and communication with fellow students through our online learning platform.
The MBA degree you earn will hold the same value, acceptance and credibility as any
equivalent degree earned in a traditional campus environment.
There are no compulsory residential elements to our degrees – though you can, if you
wish, attend our tutorials or take some modules on campus.
Highlights of online learning
n The prospect of earning your MBA online offers a state of the art learning environment,
the freedom to participate in classes whenever and wherever you choose and the
opportunity to earn the highly respected degree you need to advance your career.
n Your classes will take place in an online environment. You can log in at any time at
your convenience. Once online, you’ll communicate with your instructors and fellow
students, read assigned texts, access digital materials, post assignments and comment
on other student’s assignments. While you’re required to log in at least two separate
days each week, you will, of course, benefit greatly from regular and more frequent
n Your online course experience will take place on an advanced learning management
system designed to facilitate the optimal learning experience for students. In addition
to the educational platform you’ll utilize to communicate with faculty and fellow
students, you’ll also have access to e-textbooks offering you the capability to highlight,
annotate, create bookmarks, search, download and self-assess.
n Similar to a campus classroom, the online experience will include extensive participation
and interaction with faculty and fellow students.You’ll also use the online forum to
communicate with advisors, teaching assistants and instructional specialists.
n Once you have successfully completed your degree, you will be eligible to participate
in the traditional graduation ceremony at our campus in Plymouth. The annual
ceremony takes place in the autumn.
n Module sequences begin each month, so you can enroll in and begin your degree
programme, immediately putting you that much closer to your graduation.
n You’ll take one module at a time, each lasting 6 weeks. This advanced learning method
designed for adults allows you to concentrate your entire focus on one subject area
before moving onto the next, while also allowing you to earn your degree in an
accelerated time frame.
n The MBA degree you earn will hold the same value, acceptance and credibility as any
equivalent degree earned in a traditional campus environment.
n An S.O.L. (supported open learning) option is available at selected and approved centres
where students benefit from on-campus tutorials in addition to online learning.
With UCP Marjon,
your degree comes
you are, you can
study for your MBA
Duration Of Modules:
The UCP Marjon online MBA modules are of 6 weeks duration
each. Students take one module at a time and upon successful
completion they can take the next.
Evaluation Of Performance
Continuous evaluation of student performance is undertaken
throughout the offering of each module. This includes evaluation of
assignments, tests and projects.
If you have successfully completed post graduate modules, your
studies may be able to count towards the credit requirements of the
online MBA. If we accept the transfer of credits this will reduce the
number of modules you will need to study with UCP Marjon and
allow you to gain the MBA in a shorter period of time.
To find out more about credit transfer opportunities please email
our Academic Affairs department.
*The transferability of credits is subject to UCP Marjon’s transfer credit
policies, and requires the submission of official transcripts. The official
transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will officially
apply toward a degree programme.
The grading policy for the MBA is the following:
Grade and numerical equivalent
Distinction 70 - 100
Merit 60 - 69
Pass 50 - 59
Condonable Fail 40 - 49
Fail 1 - 39
No Work Submitted 0
Mba Admission Policy
UCP Marjon online MBA is a rigorous academic programme for
high-potential business professionals. The Office of Admissions
takes into account all aspects of each candidate’s profile:
academic, professional and personal, with a view towards
admitting all those who are eligible for graduate business
education, show strong potential and determination for
career success and can contribute to a rewarding, collective
Minimum admission requirements for the Online MBA programme:
1. An accredited Bachelor’s degree (European, American or
equivalent) is required for admission to the MBA programme.
Some professional qualifications may also be acceptable.
Extensive professional experience may also be considered for
admission to the programme.
2. Proficiency in English - Students satisfy the English requirements
if their first degree was taught in English. Otherwise, they would
need to present a minimumTOEFL score of 550 paper-based or
213 computer-based, or GCSE“O”Level with minimum“C”or
IELTS with a score of 6.5 or score placement at the MBA English
Placement Test which can be taken online. The University offers
English modules at various levels to help students reach the
required standard for admission.
3. Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other
post-secondary educational institutions (including trade
schools) attended. Instead of hard copy transcripts, you may
supply official electronic transcripts issued by a post-secondary
institution directly to UCP Marjon online. You must supply
transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or
the type of school you attended. If you do not list all post-
secondary institutions on your application and these are listed
Studying online gives you
the opportunity to adapt
YOUR time to the course and
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Academic Policies and Regulations Admission Requirements
on transcripts received from other institutions, processing of
your application will be delayed until you have submitted the
4. Academic Background - Applicants with a non-business
background can be admitted onto the programme but they may
have to take preparatory foundation modules.
5. Personal Statement - a personal statement is required as part of the
admission process to the MBA programme.
Please note all submitted materials become the property of
UCP Marjon online.
Direct entry into specific levels of the MBA programmes is possible
for those candidates who hold business related Level 7 qualifications
and wish to‘top-up’their diplomas to an MBA degree, provided the
learning outcomes of their award satisfy those of the equivalent
levels of the MBA programme for which they seek admission. Direct
Entry and other AP(E)L (approved prior and experiential learning)
opportunities are considered on an individual basis. Details of such
opportunities can be discussed with an Admissions Adviser.
Period Of Study
The UCP Marjon MBA takes a minimum of 12 months to complete.
Typically students require 18 months.
Students can complete the Application/Admission procedure online
through the MBA website
After the submission of the application form and the payment of the
application fee, the student’s application form is processed and a
decision is reached within 2 working days.
Upon admission the student is requested to pay the initial deposit
and then is given access to the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment).
Applicants are requested to submit the following documents:
n Completed MBA Application Form
n Copies of academic qualifications
n Academic Transcript/Grade Report
n Other certificates or examination results
n TOEFL/GCE/GCSE/IELTS results
n GMAT results
n Recent photo
n Curriculum Vitae
The UCP Marjon MBA Programme requires students to complete 46
credit hours/120 ECTS, in order to obtain the MBA Degree.
The UCP Marjon MBA Core Programme consists of 9 Core
Modules. These Core Modules are designed to provide the
student with an integrated education in all the fundamental
areas of business.
MBA-604 Decision Making Methods Tools 15 7.5
MBA-607 Organizations and HR Management 15 7.5
MBA-608 Business Economics 15 7.5
MBA-621 Financial Managerial Accounting 15 7.5
MBA-622 Financial Management 15 7.5
MBA-667 Strategic Marketing 15 7.5
MBA-670 Operations Quality Management 15 7.5
MBA-685 Corporate Strategy 15 7.5
MBA-790 Research Methodology 10 10
OPTION A - MANAGEMENT SPECIALIZATION (choose 4)
MBA-701 Organizational Behavior 3 7.5
MBA-703 Business Ethics 3 7.5
MBA-705 Consultancy Process 3 7.5
MBA-706 Managing Corporate Change 3 7.5
MBA-707 Entrepreneurship and SME’s 3 7.5
MBA-708 Supply Chain Management 3 7.5
MBA-709 Management Science 3 7.5
OPTION B - MARKETING SPECIALIZATION*
MBA-712 Market Research 3 7.5
MBA-713 Consumer Behavior 3 7.5
MBA-718 Marketing Communications 3 7.5
MBA-719 Global Marketing 3 7.5
OPTION C - FINANCE SPECIALIZATION (choose 4)
MBA-721 Portfolio Analysis 3 7.5
MBA-722 Financial Markets Institutions 3 7.5
MBA-723 Financial Risk Management 3 7.5
MBA-724 Global Financial Strategies 3 7.5
MBA-726 Working Capital Management 3 7.5
OPTION D - MIS SPECIALIZATION*
MBA-730 E-Business 3 7.5
MBA-735 Computer Networks
Communication Systems 3 7.5
MBA-736 Information Systems
Development 3 7.5
MBA-738 IT Project Management 3 7.5
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Module sequences begin each
month, so you can enroll in
and begin your degree
MBA – 604 DECISION MAKING METHODS TOOLS
The objective of this module is to introduce students to decision making
methods and tools, as they are applied in business and management. The
module is divided in three parts, the first part introduces inferential statis-
tics, the second part introduces the principles of regression and forecast-
ing methods as applied in business and management and the third part
introduces the principles of optimization and decision theory. A number
of applications and case studies are discussed to provide virtual hands-on
experience in decision making.
MBA – 607 ORGANIZATIONS HR MANAGEMENT
This module provides a comprehensive review of essential personnel
management concepts and techniques focusing on practical applications
that all managers need to deal with in their HR related responsibilities. The
module focuses on specific explanations and illustrations of essential HR
management topics like job analysis, selection and recruitment, testing,
training and development, compensation and performance appraisal
MBA – 608 BUSINESS ECONOMICS
This module critically examines economic and strategic managerial deci-
sions under various economic and market conditions. It also introduces stu-
dents to a vital international comparative perspective in order to highlight
how different economic systems and structures, influence economic and
business performance, market environment and thus corporate strategies.
MBA – 621 FINANCIAL MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
This module provides a general overview of financial and management
accounting theory and practice. The focus is on the following topics: cash
flow statements, analysis of financial statements, issues related to contrib-
uted capital (legal capital, preferred stock, treasury stock, stock splits), and
income and changes in retained earnings (earnings per share, dividends,
and statement of changes in stockholders’equity). In the second half of
the modules, students will address Management Accounting covering
Planning and Control, Short-term Decision Making, Strategic Manage-
ment Accounting and the Management of Working Capital and Sources of
MBA – 622 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
This module addresses the principles, concepts and practices of corporate
financial management, and the theories and applications underlying the
financial decision making process.Topics covered include agency theory,
valuation, capital structure and cost, capital budgeting, corporate bankruptcy,
working capital management, dividend policy, and mergers and acquisitions.
MBA – 667 STRATEGIC MARKETING
This module provides students with a comprehensive knowledge base in
the field of marketing, including its philosophy, application and strategic
context. The module describes the leading theories and models that are
used to explain key concepts in strategic marketing and identifies the
external and internal forces that impact upon the choices involved in the de-
velopment, production and distribution of goods and services. The module
additionally cultivates the skills and competencies required towards strate-
gic marketing planning, with various tools and processes being presented
both as a theoretical basis and in their practical application framework.
Students are finally taught how to practically integrate theory with prac-
tice towards the development of a strategic marketing plan.
MBA – 670 OPERATIONS AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT
This module examines the basic elements of operations management with
particular focus on inputs and suppliers, process and capacity planning,
forecasting, inventory management, product and project management,
implications of globalization, and the issue of quality and competitiveness.
Emphasis is placed on demonstrating how the operations function can
support business strategy.
MBA – 685 CORPORATE STRATEGY
Managers face no greater challenge than that of strategic planning
and strategic management. Guiding a complex organization through a
dynamic, rapidly changing environment requires the best of judgment.
Strategic planning issues are invariably ambiguous and unstructured, and
the way in which management responds to them, determines whether an
organization will succeed or fail. In this capstone module students will be
asked to face the aforementioned challenges. They will become familiar
with the strategic planning process in the for-profit and non-profit sectors,
within the context of the global aspects of strategy.
MBA – 790 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
This module develops and extends students’knowledge and experience of
quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as facilitating their
understanding and ability to apply the key methodological principles in
the design of different types of research. The instruction examines the rela-
tionship between measurement, theory construction and testing through
the principal methods of data collection and their applications.
MBA Core Modules
MBA – 701 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
This module introduces students to the importance of effective design
and management of organizations through the thoughtful application of
knowledge concerning the behaviour of people in the workplace. The em-
phasis is on the human actor who is central to organizational effectiveness
and success. The module focuses on developing professional competen-
cies related to topics such as motivation, communication, leadership,
group and team work, organizational change design, culture and change
and occupational stress.
MBA – 703 BUSINESS ETHICS
How do people live their lives according to a standard of‘right’or‘wrong’
behaviour? The concepts of‘business ethics’are examined, where employ-
ees face the dilemma of balancing their own moral standards with those
of the company they work for. Should the business world be viewed as an
artificial environment, where the rules by which you choose to live your
own life don’t necessarily apply?
MBA – 705 CONSULTANCY PROCESS
This module is designed to make students reflect on the process of work-
ing as a consultant and develop a personal vision on the role of a process
consultant. Furthermore, this module aims to develop understanding and
skills in handling sensitive issues in consultancy, such as building trust,
ethical problems, ensuring implementation and overcoming resistance to
change, as well as developing skills in acting as a facilitator in team-build-
ing. Furthermore, this module aims to develop understanding and skills
in the various aspects of managing a consultancy firm and consultancy
MBA – 706 MANAGING CORPORATE CHANGE
This module focuses on the management of change in contemporary
organizations. The information presented covers the theories, models,
methods and techniques used by change agents to bring about positive
change within organizations. Here, the primary emphasis will be on: (1)
an open systems model of organization; (2) an action research framework
for change agent (consultant) engagement, (3) the interrelated methods
and associated techniques of organizational development, total quality
management, and business process re-engineering, and (4) complemen-
tary tools, techniques and future trends.
MBA – 707 ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SME’S
This module demystifies the process of starting a business by present-
ing difficult business concepts in a manner that can be assimilated by
the small business entrepreneur. Students will learn how to start a small
business, operate a small business and turn their ideas into viable business
MBA – 708 SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
This module examines all issues related to Supply Chain Management.
Topics include purchasing, vendor relations, inventory strategies and
control, warehousing, material handling, layout planning, packaging
and transportation, combined under supply chain management general
aspects. Students will gain applied experience through problem sets and
MBA – 709 MANAGEMENT SCIENCE
This module introduces students to Management Science - a scientific ap-
proach that uses rational analysis and objective reasoning to help managers
make better and faster decisions. The module covers a range of manage-
ment science methods concentrating on applications rather than theory
and its topics are described by examples, with complex theoretical argu-
ment kept to a minimum. In today’s complex business environment, firms
are required to process ever-increasing amounts of information and operate
under fierce competition. These challenges create a growing demand for
managers who possess the technical and analytical skills required to exploit
the available resources and to improve business performance.
MBA – 712 MARKET RESEARCH
Students are taught theories and techniques of planning, conducting and
presenting market analyses, sales and market potential, sales forecasts,
distribution options, marketing cost and profit projections, and major mar-
ket product and advertising studies. The module helps the MBA student
develop and practice through appropriate case studies an understanding
of how to apply theory to specific marketing problems.
MBA – 713 CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
This module promotes an understanding of consumer decision processes
developed through appropriate applications of behavioural sciences.
Consumer decision making processes are further considered in the con-
text of environmental and cultural dimensions. The implications of these
processes are also considered in relation to product position planning,
marketing organizational strategies, and decision-making in strategic
MBA – 718 MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
This module deals with the theoretical background and the practical
skills necessary for the management of an organization and its need to
communicate strategically and effectively in the contemporary media
context. It focuses on the specific tasks of communication within Public
Relations, Promotion Advertising. The student is taught how to practi-
cally apply methods and communication skills in ways which enhance the
functioning of a corporation in the competitive market, while creating and
maintaining a strong image internally and externally, within the general
organizational marketing strategy.
MBA – 719 GLOBAL MARKETING
This module teaches the general principles of marketing as related to
global markets, including foreign market entry, local marketing and its
contribution to global business management. Furthermore, it is designed
to develop students’theoretical understanding of strategic market
planning through the process of case study and simulation of company
MBA – 721 PORTFOLIO ANALYSIS
This module critically examines the management of an investment port-
folio under conditions of uncertainty, and choice of strategies to balance
performance and risk. Portfolio objectives of individuals, corporations
and funds and practical and theoretical problems associated with the
techniques of optimal portfolio selection, construction and revision are
addressed. Measurement of portfolio performance and related empirical
evidence and the role of IT in portfolio management are also covered.
MBA – 722 FINANCIAL MARKETS INSTITUTIONS
This module provides an understanding of the function of financial mar-
kets, the flow of funds, levels of interest rates and interest rate differentials,
and analysis of their impact on institutional frameworks. Characteristics
and efficiency of the money markets and capital markets and types of
instruments issued are examined. International integration of financial
markets and institutions and policy implications are also addressed.
MBA – 723 FINANCIAL RISK MANAGEMENT
This module addresses the identification of financial risk and design of
optimal risk management programmes and the financial instruments used
for financial risk management. Topic areas covered include interest rate fu-
tures, stock index futures, currency futures, international financial futures,
commodity futures, stock and stock index options, options on futures,
swaps, and financial engineering products.
MBA – 724 GLOBAL FINANCIAL STRATEGIES
The Global Financial Strategies module deals with the theoretical and em-
pirical aspects of the strategic financial environment and management of
firms that operate in the global business arena. Multi-National Enterprises
(MNEs) and Trans-National Corporations (TNCs) are the prime concern of
this module which develops a body of knowledge, practices, attitudes, and
skills, needed to make financial decisions.
MBA – 726 WORKING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
This module analyses the long and short-term resource allocation strate-
gies used by corporations. The module covers working capital manage-
ment, including but not limited to cash management and inventory
management models, and combines theory and application. Furthermore,
it analyzes intermediate theories and techniques of cash, accounts receiv-
able, inventory, and accounts payable management.
This module examines the impact of Web and Web 2.0 technologies on
marketplace transformation, business process redesign, and management
approaches to e-commerce, with an emphasis on business-to-consumer
and business-to-business applications. Instruction will be based on an
in-depth discussion of actual case studies that cover several industries and
business sectors in different countries.
MBA-735 COMPUTER NETWORKS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS
This module provides a functional understanding of the technical and
business aspects of telecommunications. Topics include: elements of a
telecommunications system, telecommunications applications, voice com-
munications, data transmission, network architectures, protocols, network
security, network management and future direction in telecommunica-
tions. The module will also provide the student with case studies that
demonstrate the dilemmas and challenges CTOs and Computer Network
Administrators face in the real world and enables them to build a decision
framework for themselves.
MBA-736 INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
This module provides students with the basic tools and techniques which
are used to design and implement information systems in organisations,
with an emphasis on web-based systems. Students will be involved in de-
veloping the model of a fairly complex information system. This approach
enables practical experience of applying project management tech-
niques, understanding potential clients and their needs, using tools and
techniques of analysis, and making and evaluating decisions regarding the
best approach to take in modelling the system under examination.
MBA-738 I.T. PROJECT MANAGEMENT
This module examines all issues related to managing IT projects within
an organizational context, including the processes related to initiating,
planning, executing, controlling, reporting, and closing a project. Project
integration, scope, time, cost, quality control, and risk management are
also outlined. Students develop detailed project plans, schedules, and
budgets; estimate project resources; allocate/coordinate resources; and
interface with management using project management software.
Studying online gives
you the opportunity
to adaptYOUR time to
the course and not the
other way around.
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